A case we need to start disussing.

Charged with 36 offenses including sexual battery, forcible oral sodomy, stalking, and rape, ex-officer Holtzclaw allegedly targeted 13 women during his three-year tenure with the Oklahoma City Police Department. His victims reportedly ranged in age from 17 to late 50s, but the unifying thread of his accusers is race. Holtzclaw targeted African-American women…

The lack of mass media coverage of the investigation of and trial for Holtzclaw emerges from the unique intersection of racism and sexism in the lives of black women. Historically and contemporarily, the victimization of black women in the U.S. through sexual and other forms of violence does not incite a widespread call to action. With the notable exception of black women bloggers, journalists, and scholars documenting the investigation and the trial as well as a handful of news outlets covering the basic details of the case, there has been a deafening silence around a demand for justice for the black women who came forward. There is no nationally trending hashtag conveying the gravity of crimes allegedly committed by Holtzclaw while on duty. This is, however, “A Justice For Daniel Holtzclaw” Facebook page that attracts new likes and followers every day. Where is the uproar?

For more go here.

On being a black philosopher

Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò:

Ferguson is out of the news cycle.  In its place are controversies at Yale and Missouri.  I suspect that, as with Ferguson, these will largely fail to be so much as a subject of conversation at the kind of gatherings we have in my department, much less (hey now, let’s not get crazy) organizing.  If the next wine and cheese reception fits this description, I will not be mad because I think that a fine Merlot must always be paired with banter about white supremacy.  But if that absence seems an instance of a larger, unfolding pattern of the larger intellectual and material exclusion of Black thoughts and bodies from philosophical spaces – then, well, niggas might feel some type of way about that.

How top women economists are described

A very revealing article in the NYT.

And most recently, the latest edition of the Slate political podcast, “Political Gabfest,” featured a discussion about the headline-grabbing research by Anne Case and Angus Deaton that found that the death rates of middle-aged white Americans were increasing, even as death rates were falling in other countries. Slate’s David Plotz described the research as having been written by “Nobel Prize-winning economist Angus Deaton and Anne Case, who is his wife, and also a researcher.” Likewise, Ross Douthat, writing in The New York Times Sunday Review, described this as research by “Nobel Laureate Angus Deaton and his wife, Anne Case.”

Ms. Case is far more than a wife and a researcher. She is a professor of economics and public affairs at Princeton, one of the leading health economists of her generation, and has been elected a fellow of the Econometric Society. She is also the first author of the mortality study.

Help requested by a reader

Any (appropriate) suggestions appreciated. I am pulling a blank, perhaps because I’ve thought so much recently about the harm that can be done by causing adverse circumstances for others.

I am to give a presentation in a couple of weeks on how one keeps going in the face of adversity/finds resilience. Any thoughts or things I can read?